Food is Culture, and Culture is Food (Be proud, be aware)

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    Just blew me away that Red Beans and Rice (Week 5=Cajun/Creole) was a mystery to so many in my California classroom. I had to drag a number of folks (of many colors and creed) out to my car to hear this simple tune that emphasizes the simple yet exemplory point that reverberates through so many dishes any well-versed cook/chef/whatever you want to pretty yourself up with title-wise. "Wake up and live people":

    >> Red Beans and Rice  (mp3 link; Spearhead [Home])

    I don't eat red meat but I'm not a vegetarian
    I like ice cream, but not much dairy
    'Cos it gets in my nose, it makes me gotta blows
    It's (s)not like a farmer, and it gets upon my clothes

    It's rather unsightly - can even be frightening
    But cold medication, it should not be taken nightly
    Because everything that I put in, it comes out again

    And if I'm eatin' lean, it helps me stay thin
     

    So check out my hair (I keep it dreaded)
    About my corn? (I like it breaded)
    Hot from the oven? (mmm! You said it!)
    Straight to the stomach ('Cos my fuel is unleaded)
     

    But not fossil fuels, I like olive oil
    I like my eggs scrambled and I never eat 'em boiled
    The way to my heart, is with a garlic clove
    (It smells "hella" sexy, when it's on the kitchen stove)
     

    but...

    (chorus)
    Red beans and rice, red beans and rice, red beans and rice,
     

    I could eat a plate twice

    Make everything... nice
    So nice,

    So nice,

    So nice ...

    Well yes, most people on the planet, eat beans and rice
    They can't afford beef, or they think cows are nice
    If you talk table manners don't believe all they told ya',
    I eat with my fingers like an African soldier
     

    I don't know which fork is for meat or for salad
    I haven't got a clue, when they say "whet your pallete"
    Eat a lot a prunes (it'll keep you loose)
    Your skin'll turn orange if you drink carrot juice
     

    I think beef jerky tastes just like a boot
    And when I'm on the street, I chew a licorice root
    And if I have a soar throat then I eat ginger
    And I will break bread with those who are strangers
     

    So come into my cave, tonight I will show you
    That food is for life, and life I will show you
    And if you're havin' problems... I invite you here
    Step into my kitchen... we will cook away your fears

    (chorus)

    But if a friend has gas, then he's passin'
    It gives me a headache and I gotta take aspirin
    It makes me dizzy; I fix him fizzies
    To calm his stomach, when it's feelin kinda' busy

    But some like it white, but I like it brown
    I like spicy chicken, and I can throw it down...
    With chilis come red, and chilis come green
    And when it's on the table, I will lick my plate clean
     

    But then I drink a toast to the host and hostess
    But first we give thanks to God the "mostest"
    'Cos if I am a guest - I always wash my plate
    I sip my sip a soda while I sing "Amazing Grace"
     

    Rings on my fingers, left around the tub
    The bass full a' bubbles bumpin' like a wash tub
    Think about my troubles goin' down the drain
    Dryin' up the puddles in the back of my brain
     

    but...

    (chorus)
     

    (I'm not even Christian, or monothiest or whatever that God stuff is all called these days, but I agree with the above 100%)
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010